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Top Ten Things to Do in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds has quickly become one of my favourite holiday destinations in the UK and there is so much to do there for families. With that being said I thought would round up my favourite things to do.

  1. Eat / Stay at The Wild Rabbit 

A recent new favourite hotel for me and my family is The Wild Rabbit in Kingham in the Cotswolds. At this gorgeous modern British Inn you can stay in a cottage that’s the perfect size for you, really a home away from home! The food at the inn is absolutely delicious and gives modern British comfort food a gourmet twist!

2. Visit Daylesford Organic

The ultimate in farmshops! Daylesford Organic has become renowned for the quality of food sold at the farm shop. But not only that – there’s homeware and incredible bath and body products too. At the Kingham flagship you can also enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a treatment at the Bamford Spa.

3. A Trip To Cotswold Farm Park 

Cotswold Farm Park is a brilliant day out for all the family! It was perfect for Oscar (aged 2) and my nephews who are 4 and 10. There are farm animals to feed, there’s horse riding, a playground for both smaller kids and bigger kids, trampoling and more.
There’s also plenty of food options including hot meals plus a shop to pick up some fantastic souvenirs.

4. Stay / Eat at The Fish

The Fish was one of my favourite hotel stays of last year, located on the Farncombe Estate in the village of Broadway in Worcestershire. I recommend booking a treehouse for the family (we loved using the outdoor bathtubs while Oscar slept in the room) and enjoying the adventure play and food at Hook – a fish restaurant of course.

5. Visit Bicester Village 

A less bucolic activity but a fab one nonetheless – people come from miles around to visit the famous Bicester Village shopping centre. Out of the best outlet shopping centre’s in the UK, designer names abound at Bicester village but the classy shopping experience, fab restaurants (recommend Farmshop by Soho House) and VIP experience make a visit so much more than a shopping trip!

6. Eat / Stay Soho Farmhouse 

My favourite hotel in the UK just happens to be in the Cotswolds too! Soho Farmhouse is like an adults playground (though it’s child-friendly too!) with multiple restaurants, boats, mini golf, horse riding, swimming, the gym, a cinema and more!
You have to be a member or a friend of a member to visit but if you can, I highly encourage a stay there!

7. Blenheim Palace 

For a spot of history I’d highly recommend a trip to Blenheim Palace – a 300 hundred year old Manor house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Here you can explore ‘upstairs’ and ‘downstairs’ rooms as well as formal gardens. You can also stop for a spot of afternoon tea!

8. Village Walks

The Cotswolds is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful villages. I’ve personally visited Kingham, Broadway, Woodstock and Painswick and I have had Burford, Chipping Campden and Upper and Lower Slaughter recommended to me.
Think beautiful stone cottages, sleepy rivers, centuries old churches and country pubs!

9. Stay / Eat at Lucknam Park 

I visited this gorgeous 18th Century Manor in Chippenham for a girly babymoon when I was thirty weeks pregnant with Oscar. Lucknam Park hotel is the perfect place to relax, enjoy the grounds and spa as well as gourmet food offerings.

10. Eat / Stay at Calcot Manor 

I have fond memories of a bloggers reunion at Calcot Manor in Gloucestershire! We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the hotel’s ‘pub’ and unfortunately we didn’t get to stay but I’d love to come back and try the hotel’s renowned spa as well as relaxing by the fire in the hotel’s beautiful lounges.

Have you been to any of these places or do you have any top tips? I’d love to know!